Man charged with threatening to ‘crucify in the biblical sense’ a Wake County judge

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Mebane man is facing a serious charge after telling a Wake County District Court Judge that he wanted to “crucify” him, according to an arrest warrant.


Keith Pardee Kemsley, 52, is facing one count of felony threatening an executive legal court officer. The threats were made between May 14 and May 17, documents show.

According to the warrant, Kemsley told the judge that he wanted to “crucify” him and that he “meant that in the biblical sense.” He also said that “putting [the judge] up on a crucifix will be my pleasure.”

He was being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond but a judge increased that bond to $1 million. Kemsley must also stay off social media and have no contact with the victim.


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